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Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences 
90 Harbour St, Toronto
Developer: Menkes Developments, HOOPP

Sun Life Financial Tower & Harbour Plaza Residences | 237m | 67s | Menkes | Sweeny &Co | Page 218

Discussion in 'Buildings' started by nicetommy, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. wmedia

    wmedia Active Member

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    Just now. Crane coming down.

    WP_20170221_12_07_48_Pro.
     

  2. G.L.17

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    From Saturday and Sunday, first from Avenue and Yorkville Ave:
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    And the east side:
    DSC_0907. DSC_0912. DSC_1046.
     
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    Taken March 5, 2017:

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    Partial lighting of the crown. I see some green there presumably for St.Patrick's Day.
    [​IMG]IMG_3416 by Seb Mar, on Flickr
     
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    Oh. Those are light panels?
     
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    The coloured LED's thing is starting to get tacky and overdone. When everyone is doing it just for the sake of doing it, it loses its effect. Just some classy white uplighting of the crown would be my preference.
     
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    Gotta disagree with you. I feel like a Toronto needs to loosen up and bring on more LEDs. I like architecture for its distinct eras and right now we are moving towards or are in one with LEDs for better or worse. I suppose you see the worse.

    I think white uplighting works if there is some colour or texture to highlight. Glass, which it appears this building has at the top, has neither colour or texture so no reason to highlight banality.
     
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    And coloured light (amidst a sea of competing colours from other buildings) somehow mitigates banality?

    For the record, I'm not opposed to LED lighting. But I think it's best on projects where it is part of the architectural intent or makes sense, not as an afterthought or "just because". I would even argue that if it's only being done to cover up banality, that's a poor usage, and should be used in cases where there is an architectural feature to highlight (i.e. Ice, CASA, mech. rooms on CityPlace towers from earlier phases.)

    I don't follow your logic that it makes sense to light up "banality" so long as the colour used isn't white.
     
  11. interchange42

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    Banality, in the darkness of night, pretty much disappears. Colouring a crown with light adds something to the night skyline whether the crown is plain or not. If everything could be as dynamic up top as Ïce, then great, but barring that, I'm happy to have the colour.

    In this particular situation, Adam Feldmann of architectsAlliance told me that the top was designed in a restrained fashion because the balconies on the towers are so dynamic: the tops act as a visual rest. At night though, you're not going to see much of the balconies, and instead you get a coloured crown.

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    You'll note that I never said I don't like lighting. My issue is that at this rate, in a few years it will just be a clusterfuck of competing motifs instead of an occasional point of visual interest. Clearly many here disagree with me, but please do not misstate what I was arguing.
     
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    Lights in general I am a fan of. I can agree though that the nicest light features are well integrated, properly functioning and well considered.
     
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    Since you asked.... the answer to your question is Light Pollution. You can look it up. Here's a preliminary link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution

    You obviously love lighting but folks should be aware that much of what is radiated from our cities is both wasteful and possibly dangerous.
     

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